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Understanding the Impact of Going Dark on Your CEO.

In this episode, we're pulling back the curtain on a common but often unspoken habit: the tendency for COOs and executives to disconnect from (or “ghost”) our CEOs. We know firsthand the challenges of navigating the fast-paced, world of reporting to an entrepreneur. But as crucial as it is for us to keep up with their pace, we sometimes find ourselves falling into the trap of “going dark,” whether due to our busy schedules or fear of burdening our CEOs with bad news.

But here's the thing: communication breakdowns can lead to a whole host of issues, from duplicated work to frustrated team members. That's why in this episode, host Megan Long is sharing insights on why we ghost our bosses, the repercussions of doing so, and most importantly, practical strategies for fostering open communication and stronger relationships. 

You'll hear all about:

  • 01:07 – The common occurrence of COOs “going dark” on their CEOs.

  • 01:20 – Characteristics of entrepreneurs and the challenges they pose for COOs.

  • 02:32 – Communication breakdowns between COOs and CEOs, leading to COOs “going dark.”

  • 04:43 – Exploring the fear-based response of COOs to shield their CEOs from negative news.

  • 05:40 – Strategies for improving communication and preventing “going dark,” including regular updates and same-page meetings.

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